Abstract

A laser based method was employed to measure and numerically describe the architecture of a corn canopy. Use of the method provides an interception coefficient for classes of vegetation in layers of the canopy viewed in various directions. Architectural data obtained for similar corn canopies but measured by differing methods are comparable to the results obtained using the laser based method. These results provide input data to mathematical models employed in remote sensing for describing the radiation environment in a plant canopy and predicting its reflectance.

© 1990 Optical Society of America

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